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Below is a family biography included in The History of Crawford County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Thomas P. Martyn, M. D., a prominent physician of Cuba, was born in Harrison County, Ky., in 1827. He is the second of seven children born to Edward W. and Sarah A. (Phillipps) Martyn, natives, respectively, of Kentucky and Ohio, and the former a farmer by occupation. The paternal grandparents were natives of Virginia, while those on the mother's side came from Pennsylvania. Thomas P. Martyn was reared and educated from ten years of age to maturity in the State of Illinois, and began doing for himself when about nineteen years of age. He began the study of medicine with W. A. Conkey, M. D., of Champaign County, Ill., and T. D. Fisher, of McLean County, Ill. He attended the Louisville (Ky.) Medical College in 1853-54, and began the practice of his chosen profession in Le Roy, McLean Co., Ill., in 1856. In 1847 he was married to Sarah J., daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Gritton, and to this union have been born eight children, six of whom are living: Mary C. (now the wife of Millard Godwin), Sarah E., Freelove E. (wife of Rev. James Pine), Jessie A,, John H. (who is now studying medicine), and Charlie C. Those deceased are William E., who is buried at Dallas City, Ore., and Marion H., buried in Crawford County, Mo. Dr. Martyn came to Crawford County in 1869, and has been a successful practitioner of the county ever since. During the late war he served the Union as assistant surgeon at Nashville, Tenn. He is a Republican in politics, and always supports his party cheerfully. He and wife are worthy members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

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